Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of D-Day- We Honor Their Sacrifices

Child Hand Waving American Flag

Child Hand Waving American Flag

Seventy-five years ago, on June 6, 1944, an armada of 5,000 ships, and 15,000 aircrafts supported allied troops that poured onto the beaches of Normandy. Codenamed “Operation Neptune,” and frequently referred to as D-Day, the battle began the liberation of Europe and the surrender of Nazi Germany.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

In 1944, over 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel in 1944; their mission was to stop the Germans from their plans of world domination. Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower broadcasted a message to his allied troops on the day before the battle, calling their mission “the Great Crusade.” “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” [1]

Allied troops gathered together to swarm onto a Normandy beach and begin their “Operation Overlord.” This was the largest seaborne invasion in recorded history.

The operation started the freeing of long-suffering France, giving the Allied troops a foothold into the European countries. Over 9,000 Allied soldiers were either killed or wounded during D-Day but what they did on the Normandy coast allowed more than 100,000 troops to begin the trek across Europe to end the Nazi regime.

Within eleven months after the battle of D-Day, Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally.

Honoring Those Who Served

Today we take time to honor those who sacrificed their lives in Normandy to stop the German oppression, because of them, allied troops were able to reach Nazi-overrun countries and watch good triumph over evil.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson also recognized those who had made sacrifices on D-Day. Today over 200 Missourians lie in the Normandy American Cemetery.


Notes:

  1. ^Mansour, Rebecca. “D-Day: A Photo Remembrance.” Breitbart, 6 June 2019, www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/06/d-day-in-photos-the-free-men-of-the-world-are-marching-together-to-victory. (go back↩)

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